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That's Me in the Middle (The Bandy Papers Book 2) by [Jack, Donald]
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“I enjoyed every word . . . terrifically funny.” P.G. Wodehouse

Strangely horse-faced World War I flying ace Bart Bandy finds himself kicked upstairs – to everyone’s appalled surprise – and made a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Flying Corps.

But not for long. Persuaded to give a school speech on the many shortcomings of Field Marshal Haig, he finds Fortune’s Wheel definitely on the turn and soon he is once more heading for the hell of the trenches – this time on a bicycle.

With the daredevil commander of the 13th Bicycle Brigade, Bob Craig, there follow a series of edge-of-the-seat adventures, always accompanied by what Craig later refers to fondly as “brilliant exchanges of utter nonsense”.

Donald Jack’s blackly humorous Bandy memoirs are classics of their kind. Against an unshrinkingly depicted backdrop of war and its horrors, his anti-hero’s adventures are both gripping and shockingly funny.

Praise for The Bandy Papers:

"Jack does more than play it for laughs . . . The mingling of humor and horror is like a clown tap-dancing on a coffin, but Jack is skillful enough to get away with it." Time Magazine

For those to whom Bandy is a newcomer, what a treat is in store.” Toronto Star

“Donald Jack has as light a touch with this fragile art as his hero has on throttle of a Sopwith Camel.” New York Times

“To know Bandy is to love him . . . you tend to gallop through and come hurtling out at the end panting for more.” The Sunday Sun

“Bartholomew Bandy is the most remarkable hero (or anti-hero) since Harold Lloyd impersonated the Freshman.” Chicago Tribune

“The Bandy Papers deserve to be read in private where insane giggling can go unnoticed.” Jack Granatstein

"I enjoyed every word . . . terrifically funny." P.G. Wodehouse

“Bartholomew Bandy is back. Cross, outrageous and lovable.” Vancouver Sun

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1489 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Farrago (26 January 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N2SMP0S
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 1 April 2017
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I first came across this author when I purchased three cheers for me. I then kept my eye out and by chance found book two. I have since read many more. I enjoy the fact that Bandys antics make me laugh out loud. Much to my wife's displeasure. I promise you a good read and a laugh or two along the way
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourite book series 14 December 2015
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One of my all time favourite book series. Light read to be sure, but full of detail and laughs aplenty....
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining book 20 January 2014
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These Bandy Paper books are fabulously entertaining. They are hilariously funny and showcase the absurdities of life. They also have an authentic feel to them as if the author lived these adventures.

Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable episode 16 March 2017
By Sid Nuncius - Published on
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I am enjoying the Bandy Papers series. Like the first volume, I found That's Me In The Middle a bit variable but never less than enjoyable and exceptionally good in places.

Bandy spends the first half of the book as Top Brass in London, giving Jack an opportunity for some well aimed potshots at official incompetence and infighting, treacherous politicians and so on. There is also the usual smattering of pure farce and Bandy's endearingly hopeless social and romantic escapades. This part is well written and amusing but nothing that special, I think. It's very Wodehousian, with some episodes very reminiscent of Sir Roderick Spode and Edwin the Boy Scout, but it didn't really engage me.

As before, it is when Bandy returns to the fighting, with Jack's brilliant balance of humour and the terror of war, that the book really excels. He manages to make the narrative both funny and exciting, and captures both the chaotic nature of the combat and its genuine horror. It reminded me a little in tone of the excellent TV drama The Wipers Times and these passages, making up most of the second half of the book, had me completely riveted.

Parts of this are quite outstanding - and if you have more of a taste for farce than I do, you will enjoy all of it very much. I will certainly be reading Volume Three (It's Me Again), and I can recommend this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 29 March 2017
By Bonnye Reed Fry - Published on
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I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, the estate of Donald Jack and Farrago, Prelude Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me. This book was originally published in 1973 by Doubleday.

The second of a series titled The Bandy Papers, this book is completely stand alone. I loved the insights into protocol involving flight training in WWI England, and I particularly loved Bart Bandy and his lady love, Katherine Lewis. I enjoyed the way they both loosened up and found humor and compassion as their relationship grew. But especially I consumed the planes - the making of, the flying of, the repairing of the precursors of modern military flight. This humorous telling of early days of WWI in England and France is an excellent lesson on finding a bright cloud in a stormy sky.